You can see most of London from our large house in a leafy quiet street. But we're minutes away from Crouch End's shops, cafes, restaurants and cinemas, the open space of Finsbury Park, theatre and pubs, and Green Lanes with the cheapest good restaurants in London. With a train station only 4 minutes walk away, close to two different underground lines you can be in Oxford Circus and the City of London in less than 20 minutes, or Cambridge in an hour.
We live in a large old house in a safe and quiet street. We love colour and our house is full of pictures and painted with bright colours. Although we live in central London we're surrounded by trees, and there is an allotment (communal vegetable gardens) at the back of our house. From the guest room you can see the Olympic Park, the London Eye and other landmarks (though not in summer when the trees are in full leaf). Shops, cafes, restaurants, pub, cinemas and parks are all within easy walking distance - though as we live on top of a hill you might want to get a bus back!
Zugang für Gäste
You have access to the bathroom, and to the kitchen to make drinks whenever you want
Interaktion mit Gästen
We're very happy to help you throughout your stay. I'll keep my phone with me when I'm outside the house - though sometimes I don't hear it, so it's best to catch me when I'm home
We want our guests to feel at home, and we expect them in turn to behave with consideration - we're also often in bed by 10.30 pm so being fairly quiet after that time is definitely something we're grateful for!
I am mostly retired (I used to be a social policy adviser to the government) and spend my time reading, cycling, baking bread, growing vegetables and cooking for my family. I promise only to inflict home made bread on you if it's been successful. My wife, Vivienne, works in the arts on the other side of London so leaves early in the morning and comes back 12 hours later, so you might see her at weekends or in the evening. We love film and travelling, and would like to do more of both when we've got m ore time. It was great when we discovered Airbnb as it made travelling even more interesting, as well as much cheaper. And it's nice to pay back some of the hospitality we've received by being Airbnb hosts ourselves.
At home most nights is our daughter, Lysi, who is studying at London University and working at the National Maritime Museum. And you may also meet our youngest son Gabriel who normally lives in Denmark, and his friend Natalja from Lithuania who is studying at Film school in London.
But it is a big house, and most of them will be out, so it won't feel crowded (except when Gabriel or Natalja are making a film and the ground floor is full of film equipment!)